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Taliban Asks for Recognition from the International Community. Who Exactly is Asking What from Whom?!


On 18 July 2022, Radio Pakistan reported that the Afghanistan Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has called upon the global community to recognize the Taliban’s interim government. Addressing a gathering in Khost, he said the Islamic Emirate is ready to establish economic and diplomatic relations with the world.


Indeed, the recognition of the international community of any state means recognition by the established states of the existence of the said state, as well as accepting it as a member of the international community. As such, it is an entirely separate process from the establishment or creation of a state initially. The significance of the recognition stems from the state committing to never interfere in the territorial sovereignty of another state. The said state is not to realize its rights in the international community, unless the international community accepts its existence. The International Law provides within the recognition by a state or group of states, of the state in question, the organizing of diplomatic relations within a determined territorial region in exchange for the said state fulfilling obligations within the provisions of International Law. This, however, is recognition from the legal standpoint alone, with respect to international laws and regulations.

As for the political dimension of recognition, it is dependent upon Taliban complying with the interests of the major colonialist powers, headed by the US. So, in order to earn recognition by the international community, the Taliban must strive to ensure that it is completely willing to serve the interests of the foreign powers, without the slightest of deviation, whilst extending guarantees and provisions to satisfy the international community, particularly America.

In other words, recognition obliges the Taliban to adopt Western secular capitalism, whole heartedly, whilst abandoning Islam, both cosmetically and substantially. It even extends to shaving beards and changing the style of garb, to the extent that is seen within agents of the West, in the rest of the existing states in the Islamic World. It extends to the absence of ruling by all that Allah (swt) has revealed and fighting Islam and Muslims, as both representatives, facilitators and agents of America, as has been seen with successive governments in Pakistan.

And, perhaps, the statement of Haqqani, indicating his need for the West, is forgetful of the Speech Allah (swt), Who knows the secret and the most hidden, including what is hidden in the hearts of the kafireen, such that He (swt) said,

(وَلَنْ تَرْضَى عَنْكَ الْيَهُودُ وَلَا النَّصَارَى حَتَّى تَتَّبِعَ مِلَّتَهُمْ قُلْ إِنَّ هُدَى اللَّهِ هُوَ الْهُدَى وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ بَعْدَ الَّذِي جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللَّهِ مِنْ وَلِيٍّ وَلَا نَصِيرٍ)

“Neither the Jews nor the Christians will be pleased with you until you follow their belief. So say, indeed Allah guides He is guidance and if you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you will neither have the support nor guardianship from Allah.” [TMQ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:120]. Now, if the Taliban were not to make all of these concessions, it would then be stranded internationally, whilst it is neither part of the international community nor with the best Ummah brought forward for the humankind.

It is clear from what has prevailed in the months since the Taliban’s arrival to power in Afghanistan that the people of kufr are not people of holding covenants faithfully. The United States did not hold itself in fulfilling even the few of the action points it agreed with the Taliban, including recognizing the movement, even as a mere formality, as well as releasing the money that it holds of the Afghan people. Allah (swt) said,

(أَوَ كُلَّمَا عَاهَدُوا عَهْدًا نَبَذَهُ فَرِيقٌ مِنْهُمْ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ) “Why is it that whenever they ratify a pact, a group from within them discards it? Indeed, most of them do not believe.” [TMQ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:100]. It is obligatory upon the Taliban that it neither engages in any negotiations nor conclude any agreements, with the foreign powers. There is nothing to be gained from these asides from humiliation and affliction. They are only to establish recognition from powers that are colonialist in nature. It is obliged upon the Taliban to do justice to what Allah (swt) has informed us of, and not chase after any mirage. Allah (swt) said,

(يَحْسَبُهُ الظَّمْآنُ مَاءً حَتَّى إِذَا جَاءَهُ لَمْ يَجِدْهُ شَيْئًا)“The thirsty perceive it as water, but when they reach it, they find nothing.” [TMQ Surah An-Noor 24:39]. It is obliged upon the Taliban to turn towards the Ummah, starting from Afghanistan and Pakistan, unifying brothers in friendly countries, through establishing an Islamic state that rules by the Book of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw).

It is only then that neither the Taliban nor the Ummah of billions will ever need recognition from the international community of crusaders. Instead, the international community will then strive to appease the Ummah, before their fortresses are destroyed, with their thrones falling, whilst the matter of this Deen reaches their doors. So will the Taliban now make up for what it has lost, by handing over the authority to the sincere politicians in Hizb ut Tahrir, who have made comprehensive preparation for the establishment of the Khilafah (Caliphate) on the Method of Prophethood?

Indeed, they are the shrewd politicians that are capable of dealing with the hypocrisy of the crusading international community and turn their deception upon them. Allah (swt) said,

(يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَحُولُ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَأَنَّهُ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ * وَاتَّقُوا فِتْنَةً لَا تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ)

“O believers! Respond to Allah and His Messenger when He calls you to that which gives you live. And know that Allah stands between a person and their heart and that to Him you will all be gathered.” [TMQ Surah Al-Anfal 8:24].

Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Bilal Al-Muhajir – Wilayah Pakistan

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